Here’s a look at the most notable sports moments from 2021:
World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally
In June, the WRC returned to Kenya for the first time since 2002. The safari of yesteryear evolved to match today’s WRC, but its character remained with challenging, closed dirt roads, breathtaking postcard scenery, and exotic wildlife.
Participants experienced stony and furrowed slopes and unpredictable weather that turned dry and dusty trails into sticky mud baths.
The enthusiasm – and the love for – rallying the Kenyans was intoxicating and the 19-year absence has certainly worked wonders for the heart.
Sébastien Ogier won the Safari Rally and extended his lead in the standings. Ogier eventually won his eighth world rally championship title in nine years.
Safari Rally Kenya was an absolute spectacle and an unforgettable sight. In short, it was worth the wait until 2022.
Punch of the Brazilian marathon runner Daniel Do Nascimento with legend Eliud Kipchoge
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Eliud Kipchoge captured the hearts and imaginations of the athletics world when the two athletes found a moment of laughter amid work.
Do Nascimento, who had only competed in his second marathon when he made his Olympic debut, shared a moment with the man who would take Olympic marathon gold a little over an hour later in a row.
“Sport is about respecting one another. I just talked to him and told him to follow the green line as this is the shortest route to the destination.
“He thought at first that I might tell him something else. But when he heard that I was directing, he was very excited and very happy. “ Kipchoge revealed after the race
“For me, sport means respecting one another. If you are not talking to your competitors, your mind is not working at all.
When you speak to your competitors, your mind is free and when you see what happens to people’s faces when you speak to them, you are in a good position to compete. “ added the greatest marathon runner of all time.
Kenyan beach volleyball team qualifies for the first time for the Olympic Games
On June 28, the Kenyan women’s beach volleyball team secured a place at the Olympic Games in Tokyo after winning the Africa Continental Cup-cum-Olympic qualification in Agadir, Morocco.
With the win, Kenya’s Olympic dream came true after the Nigerian teams were sacked in an exciting but action-packed final.
Three consecutive losses to Brazil, the US and Latvia meant Kenya ended up at the bottom of Pool D, ending their historic adventure
Team Kenya outfit stands out at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games
After more than a year of postponement, the Tokyo Olympics officially opened on July 23rd. The traditional opening ceremony was full of glamor, which was also attended by the Kenyan Olympic team.
Team Kenya was led by its overall captain Eunice Sum and its deputy and Shujaa captain Andrew Amonda.
Kenya’s more than 40-strong team wore one of the most colorful uniforms at the opening ceremony. The team’s female athletes wore Maasai-print dresses under a bolero jacket with a red cape, and the male athletes wore matching shirts with black pants.